first name


Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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The first name of Markus Manns, a portfolio manager at Union Investment, was incorrectly... WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 7 Mar. 2019 That figure is expected to drop even further in the coming months – worsening the already acute rate of malnutrition in the camp, according to the Mae La camp's top official, who goes only by the first name of Honest. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Burma's Karen refugees face dwindling aid, struggle with depression and suicides," 15 Aug. 2018 Though a flood of royal fans placed bets on the names Arthur and Albert, the couple ultimately went with Louis as the first name. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis: Everything You Need to Know About Prince William and Kate Middleton's Third Child," 9 July 2018 This might actually push some athletes to locate the campus library by their sophomore year and know the first name of their academic counselor by their junior year. Ron Higgins,, "Here's a few more changes the SEC needs to push," 5 June 2018 The Slazenger collection also included sweats upon which Banger had, with evident relish, emphasized the first name of the company’s founder: Ralph. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "In London, Rave Culture Is Alive and Unwell at Sports Banger," 18 Feb. 2019 The first names that immediately come to mind are, of course, Harry's brother and sister-in-law, William and Kate. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince William and Kate Middleton Likely Won't Be Godparents to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby," 2 Dec. 2018 On May 8, Drew posted an Instagram story with childhood photos and the first names of his groomsmen (below): Pedro, Toni, Dale, James, Brad, Jodi, Mike, and Simpson. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 The baby boy has quite a regal moniker, as his first name is reminiscent of the legendary King Arthur and one of his middle names, William, references his uncle, the Duke of Cambridge. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Took a Walk with Her Baby Boy in a Stylish Blue Coat," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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